I hate counting calories. If it works for you, do it, but it just doesn't seem natural to me. I really don't want to get into any debates about calorie counting because I know that that's the route most of you take. But I decided to give you some information on how many calories you're actually burning when you exercise.
I have a stationary bike and an elliptical trainer at home, both made by Tunturi. If you're a short person, I highly recommend this brand. At 4'10", these machines fit me to a T. And like all exercise equipment, my bike and elliptical tell me how many calories I've burned. Or do they?
I can't remember where I read this, but the calorie read-out that you get from your exercise equipment is VERY, VERY approximate. The machine is calibrated to calculate how much an average man who weighs--I don't know--let's say 150 pounds or so would burn. When I read bloggers who say that the 30 minutes on the bike netted them x calories burned, I just have to wonder...because most (if not all of them) aren't 150-pound men.
If you MUST know how many calories you've burned during your work-out, try this site: http://www.fitwatch.com/database/searchexdb.html and compare it to what the machine said. If you're using a super-duper machine that lets you input your weight, the calculation will probably be much more accurate. If not, the information that you get could just be a load of hooey.
Just as an example, according to the fitwatch tracker, a 130-pound person will burn 341 calories using the elliptical trainer at a moderate pace for 30 minutes, while a 200-pound person will burn 524 calories. Furthermore, muscle cells burn more calories than fat cells and men are more muscular than women--even fat men.
So exercise because you want to, because you feel better when you do and because you know it's good for you. Just don't believe the calorie counter.
The Creature Lives
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